Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, who was popularly known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, passed away on Wednesday morning. Dilip Kumar breathed his last at 7.30 am in Mumbai’s Khar Hinduja Hospital. The actor was 98 and is survived by his wife, veteran actor Saira Banu.
Informing fans of the tragic news, family friend of Dilip Kumar, Faisal Farooqui tweeted from the actor’s official Twitter handle, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return. – Faisal Farooqui (sic).” Dilip Kumar was hospitalised twice in June. He was rushed to the hospital on June 6, when he complained of breathing issues. After being diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and getting the proper treatment done, Dilip Kumar was discharged on June 11. However, he started facing similar breathing issues on June 30 and was again hospitalised. Dilip Kumar — born Yusuf Khan — was a trendsetter in terms of acting style, and inspired generations of actors across the various streams of Indian cinema. Regarded as one of the greatest actors that India has ever seen, his career spanned over five iconic decades.
One of the legends of Golden Age of cinema in India, he was considered a master of understatement, and eschewed the loud and theatrical elements of acting. Some of his best known films are Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti, Vidhaata, Shakti and Mashaal, to name just a few. Dilip Kumar was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1991 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.